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The Learning Curve: Bilingual Programs Can Outperform English-Only Classrooms

The Multilingual Education Act, which also goes by Proposition 58, will go before voters in November. It would reverse important pieces of Prop. 227 and make it easier to open bilingual schools.

That would benefit native-English speakers, too. Historically, bilingual programs in San Diego have catered to affluent families who want their kids to pick up a second or third language.

But those schools regularly receive more applications than they have space to offer. Parents have good reason to see the benefit. Research shows a growing number of employers are looking for bilingual professionals. And, as New America’s Conor Williams points out, bilingual education offers a host of cognitive benefits, including increased cognitive flexibility and conflict resolution skills.